2006-10-20 / Community

Sanitation Department's Seasonal Leaf Collection

This year, after raking fallen leaves from yards and sweeping the gutters, sidewalks and catch basins, Queens residents can put out their collections to be turned into compost as part of New York City Sanitation's NYC Compost Project.

Collection days this year are Saturday, November 18 and Saturday, December 2. Residents may use 20 to 32 gallon containers, clear plastic bags, or special paper bags. The use of extra large, heavy-duty paper bags is preferable since paper decomposes naturally and plastic does not. Five free paper bags will be distributed to each Queens household in designated communities beginning October 16. Residents should also receive a phone message with information about the upcoming Leaf Bag Promotion Program and retailers where paper bags can be purchased, such as hardware and home improvement stores. If by the end of three weeks free paper bags haven't been received, call 311.

An informational mailer, DSNY Fall 2006- Leaf Collection/Free Paper Leaf Bag Guide, was sent out with a coupon to redeem the free paper bags, which can be picked up from several sites, including The Queens Botanical Garden.

For more information, contact Vito A. Turso or Matthew LiPani of the Sanitation Department at (646) 885-5020.

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